Ed Balls's less stringent plans mean a dramatic gap with the Tories.
The Labour party is missing the opportunity to stand up proudly for low-paid workers and those who rely on state support.
Only with reform can the public sector survive the cuts that are to come.
Today's headlines hide the most important, and least reassuring, fact in yesterday’s Budget.
The Chancellor has vowed to cut £12bn from welfare - but he's announced just £3bn of savings.
Danny Alexander staged an alternative budget in the House of Commons. It quickly turned into a farce.
Help to Buy ISAs are eye-catching - but useless.
George Osborne announced his final Budget of this parliament. What was in it?
Britain's housing market is in chaos. Here's how to fix it.
George Osborne flaunts his shapely legs on the cover of today's Sun. But why?
This was a "see no poverty, hear no poverty" budget from a government in denial.
Strange scenes at the last International Development questions of the parliament.
Shadow chancellor says the Conservatives have blundered by admitting day-to-day spending will be reduced to its lowest level for more than 50 years.
In an attempt to woo the public with his stand-up comedy – and despite the precarious national finances – George Osborne just wasted a lot on poor jokes.
The renaissance of St Patrick's Day offers reminders of the difficulties that the Irish have faced, and a lesson.
The Chancellor neutralised some of Labour's strongest attack lines - but there was no knock-out blow.
The Labour leader has responded to the Chancellor’s final Budget this parliament.
George Osborne has unveiled his final budget of the Parliament, and launched a new saving scheme for first time buyers.
A growing economy means it's time for the wealth to be shared: time for a living wage.
The abolition of revenge evictions shows what people can do when they work together.
George Osborne will say the UK faces a "critical choice" at the election when he delivers his Budget today – but what do we know so far?
Raising the personal allowance does not help who it is supposed to.
The chef and campaigner who once appeared in a Labour campaign video has joined the Greens.
Labour have swallowed the Conservatives' rhetoric about "us and them". But I'm one of "them", so where does that leave me?
Labour can turn the tables on the Conservatives - by using Ukip against them just as the Tories have used the SNP.
A new proposal from Downing Street has thrown the debates into confusion.
Officers involved in the Eighties probe into Cyril Smith's alleged sex parties with teenage boys were ordered to hand over their evidence, including notebooks, according to BBC Newsnight.
A higher minimum wage for London is good for the city - but crucially, wouldn't hurt workers elsewhere either.
Forget the argument over austerity. Reform of the state should be the central mission of the left.
How will we create the UK's first dementia-friendly generation, and why do we need to?